Commissioner Hugh Weathers: Bluffton Hometown Dinner

Sunday night, Commissioner Weathers attended the Bluffton Hometown Dinner, hosted by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture and South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.  Can you tell us more about the event Commissioner?

  • That’s right Mike. Sunday night Blanche and I were able to attend the first dinner in the SC Hometown Chef Series in Bluffton, SC, joined by friends and colleagues.
  • SCDA is proud to work with the Dept. of Parks and Recreation to host these dinners. This exclusive event is meant to feature the success of the Certified SC Grown program and its commitment to promoting SC products and their use in local restaurants.
  • Here at SCDA, we seek to equip farmers and consumers with effective ways to market their locally grown products. Certified SC Grown and Fresh on the Menu signs help consumer recognize locally grown produce.
  • The Certified South Carolina program is an exciting cooperative effort with farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and SCDA to brand and promote South Carolina products.
  • The Hometown Dinner series highlights chefs designated by PRT, to represent their respective regions of SC and showcase South Carolina’s rich food heritage.
  • Sunday’s dinner featured Chef Brandon Carter of FARM, a restaurant in Bluffton with an ever-changing menu built on farm-to-table philosophy.
  • He was able to take us on a culinary tour of SC’s lowcountry.
  • The chefs representing the Upstate, Midlands and Pee Dee regions are Marc Collins of Circa 1886 and Kitchen 208 in Charleston, Jessica Shillato of Spotted Salamander in Columbia, Tania Harris of the Lazy Goat in Greenville and Kelly Vogelheim of Town Hall restaurant in Florence.